On 9 September, our Thai colleagues of BeLuThai invited Dr. Ilham Kadri, CEO of Solvay, to talk about Solvay’s business & sustainable development in Asia in our High-Caliber Speaker event series.
Founded in 1863, Solvay today ranks among the world’s top three chemical companies. Solvay strives to bond people, ideas and elements to reinvent progress with passion, purposeful responsibility and unity. Since 1980, Solvay has expanded its business in Asia-Pacific, ranging from China, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, India, Oceania to Vietnam. Today, Solvay has more than 23,000 employees in 64 countries.
One of the core values of Solvay is sustainability. Therefore, ten ambitious objectives which focus on climate, resources and a better life are set as “2030 Solvay One Planet goals” to reduce global impact. Meanwhile, 28 projects are announced to drive progress on climate related innovations. Also, to foster positive changes on “Diversity”, “Equity”, and “Inclusion” by 2025, Solvay has set nine ambitious targets, including optimal working environment for people with disabilities, fair recruitment, inclusive employee experience, etc.
Closing off her presentation, Dr. Kadri shared the visions of Solvay, such as eco-friendly based solutions, health & wellness, resource efficiency, etc.
Following the main event, Dr. Kadri answered some interesting questions raised by attendees throughout the presentation. For example, how do big companies adapt in the future while SMEs are becoming incredibly active in innovation? To Dr. Kadri, it is crucial to welcome, support and learn from them. Sometimes it is better to cooperate rather than being alone.
Thank you to everyone who attended this event and thank you Dr. Ilham Kadri for her inspiring sharing.We hope you will join us for our next seminar: “Hong Kong’s Role as an international Financial Centre in the Digital World” by former HKEX Chief Executive Charles Li on 20 September.
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